About Me

Updated Dec.30 2017 (I sorta make it practice to update this once a year near New Year’s Eve)

I get a kick out of a line that appears at the top of the music listings in every issue of The New Yorker. “Musicians and night-club proprietors lead complicated lives; it’s advisable to check in advance to confirm engagements. ”

Ha. Writers lead complicated lives, too.  At least this writer does.

So I’ll  just let my résumé below speak for itself in the same way those music listings speak for the bands and clubs. Just scroll down for all the goods. But please be careful. Assumptions derived from what you see below may be misleading.  Investigation is always worthwhile.

One of the first things you might note upon inspecting my résumé is that I seem to have two jobs at present. First, as a teacher at Brazosport High School in Lake Jackson, Texas and second, as a self-employed freelance writer. Truth is, the first job is, actually, my only current full time occupation. I’ve not done any freelance writing since the fall of 2016. But I do still consider myself a freelance writer because, well, I have a few unpublished (actually, unwritten) books in me. Coming soon, I’ll be pitching those ideas — most of them involve my various testimonies to Christ’s amazing work in my life — to potential publishers (or maybe directly to you, dear reader). And I’m sure I’ll make plenty of mention about those efforts on this site. All in God’s timing. Stay tuned.

To help with your further inquiries about me, I have much more about me elsewhere on this site. The best place to start is probably, my contact page. I’m happy to visit with you any time (well, at 2 a.m. on any given day, that may be a stretch, but you get the idea). I hope it might be some comfort that I’m an easy-to-deal-with, sole-proprietor outfit. I don’t have a secretary, or any other helper besides my wife Cheryl (when she’s not busy on her own job) to answer my emails, phone calls and such. And I don’t make heavy use of automated systems to communicate with folks who want to talk to me. I just get back to folks in a fast, friendly “real-time” way. Believe it or not, I still end up meeting people for coffee from time to time, and, if we’re ever in the same general area, I’d love to join you too.

But there’s more! I present all of the following links for whatever they’re worth. (Please know that, yes, I do realize most of what I present is far out of date and/or not necessarily impressive given current media technology and such. As I say, I’m not really in the freelance writing or media business much anymore. These are just a few semi-highlights of stuff I did back in the day. I’m keeping it on the sight because you might get a kick out of some of this stuff. (I know some of my 8th graders at BCS have certainly had fun with the Hoss The Boss show clips. I often hear lines from those ridiculous shows recited in the school’s halls and, occassionally, under the students’ breath as I’m trying to, say, give a lesson on adverbs.)  If you don’t happen to want to click the links and find out more about what I’ve done in the past, no worries. As you’ll see, I’m easy to please.)

  • The “My Services” page gives details about the kind of teaching, writing, and other communication work I’ve done (and, I suppose, could still do);  many of my blog articles offer insight about my personal life (highlighted by my commitment to Jesus Christ).
  • The list of my other sites gives a few hints of some the other things I’m into besides writing and teaching. (This list changes frequently. I have a lot of ideas in progress, just waiting for God to take hold of them as he sees fit. I’ve learned (the hard way) to never put full energy into something until God clears the way. But putting ideas out there for public perusal and/or commentary? There ain’t nothing wrong with that. And it’s sort of what I do best. Yep, as God well knows, I am definitely an idea guy. For the past five years or so, He has helped me learn how to trust Him when it comes to putting those ideas into action. In the past, I was more of a “half-baked idea guy,” constantly putting )
  • And, finally, my policies page can be of use if you’re curious about what it might be like to do business with me.

But, for now, I present that great list of all the “titles” and “honors” and other stuff that some people may claim define me. (I don’t happen to think they do a very good job of explaining who I am. Such is life.)

My Résumé

Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. – Mathew 5:16

Education

Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas

Texas State University

Other schools attended: University of Texas at Austin School of Journalism (1990-1992); Del Mar College, Corpus Christi, Texas (1986-1988)

Employment

  • Brazosport Christian School, Lake Jackson, Texas — Teacher/Coach (2014- Present)
  • Self-Employed – Freelance Writer, Writing Teacher (2004 – Present)
  • Del Mar College, Corpus Christi, Texas – Writing Tutor (2004 – 2006)
  • Marshall High School, Falls Church, VA – English and Journalism Teacher (2003 – 2004)
  • Southwest Texas State University – Mass Communication Graduate Assistant (2001 – 2003)
  • Hill Country News, Cedar Park, Tx (weekly newspaper) – Chief Reporter (2000 – 2001)
  • Coastal Bend E-Press, Corpus Christi, Texas (on-line newspaper) – Founder (1999-2000)
  • Brazosport Sun, Freeport, Tx (weekly newspaper) – Founder, Publisher (1999)
  • Brazorian News, Lake Jackson, Tx (weekly newspaper ) – Associate Editor (1998-1999)
  • Yoakum Herald Times (weekly newspaper) – Editor (1998)
  • Gonzales High School, Gonzales, Tx – Journalism Teacher(1997)
  • Southwest Texas State University – Residence Life Assistant (1995-1997)
  • Navarro High School, Geronimo, Tx – Student Teacher in English and Journalism (1997)
  • KBST, Big Spring, Tx – Production Director, DJ (1995)
  • KOUL Corpus Christi, Tx – Asst. Program Director, DJ (1992 – 1995)
  • KQTX Corpus Christi, Tx – DJ (1992)
  • KIBL Beeville, Tx – Program Director, News Director (1989- 1990)
  • KRYS Corpus Christi, Tx – Asst. News Director, Morning Show Producer, DJ (1988-89)
  • KIOX – AM, Bay City, Tx – News Director (1988)
  • Angleton Times, Angleton, Tx – Sports Editor (1988)
  • The Foghorn (Del Mar College student newspaper) – Editor, Assistant Editor (1986-88)

Awards and Honors

  • Won the Southwest Texas State University Mass Communication Department’s award for Outstanding Teaching by a Graduate Student. This award is sponsored by the Instructional and Development Division of the International Communication Association. (2002)
  • Staff member of The Hill Country News, the Texas Community Newspapers Association General Excellence Award winner in 1999 and 2000.
  • Hosted top rated night radio show (adults 25- 64) in Corpus Christi — 1993
  • Named first student editor of the Del Mar College student newspaper – 1987 -88
  • Named Outstanding Journalism Student, Del Mar College – 1988

Courses Taught

  • Writing for the Mass Media– Taught a number of lab sections of this course as part of graduate assistant duties at Southwest Texas State University. The introductory writing course covered the basics of writing for newspapers, radio, television, public relations and advertising. Played a major role in revising the course and won the school’s Outstanding Teaching award (see above) for this work.
  • High school publications – Advised the staff of the student newspaper at George C. Marshall High Supervised newspaper and yearbook staffs at Gonzales High School (1997). Also taught the school’s broadcasting and photo journalism courses. Currently building the yearbook program (and, God willing, turning it into a full “student media” program) at Brazosport Christian School.
  • College publication – Served as a graduate assistant advisor to the editors and staff of the Southwest Texas State University student newspaper, the University Star (2001-2003)
  • High School English – Taught three sections of freshman English at George C. Marshall High. Taught freshman and sophomore classes during time as student teacher at Navarro High school. Covered units on Homer, Shakespeare, and research paper writing. Also participated in a revision of Gonzales High School’s English curriculum. Currently teaching 8th and 11th grade English classes at Brazosport Christian School and participating in a revision of the school’s curriculum.
  • Other — *Served four semesters as a teaching assistant for the Mass Media Law course at Southwest Texas State University. *Have also worked informally since 1988 with dozens of high school and college students interested in the media. *Worked with Southwest Texas State faculty on an initiative to establish a media literacy course in the university’s core curriculum.

Scholarly work

  • Mass Communication 1301 Course Plan — Plan adopted in 2003 by the Mass Communication faculty at Southwest Texas State University for use in the school’s class for beginning media writers.
  • Media Literacy World Wide — paper presented during Third World Studies Conference, University of Nebraska at Omaha (October, 2002)
  • Not necessarily what’s going on: A study of media portrayal of crime — paper accepted for presentation during the 2002 symposium of the Southwestern Association of Educators of Journalism and Mass Communication.
  • Media Literacy Levels at Texas State — presentation during Texas State University’s Mass Communication Week, based on the paper “A study evaluating the effectiveness of media literacy education” (March 2002)
  • Building Prestige: An analysis of Texas State’s plans to upgrade to Division I-A football — paper completed during Issues in Advertising and Public Relations Management graduate course. (Dec. 2001)

Coaching work

  • Tennis Coach at Brazosport Christian School. The team had two Texas Association of Private and Parochial School (TAPPS) Class 2A state-semi finalists in 2015 and the girls team finished the state tournament 4th place overall.
  • Cross Country Coast at Brazosport Christian School. Have been working since the fall of 2016 to building a team of inexperienced runners into athletes who believe they can be, and have a legitimate shot at being, competitive at the TAPPS 2A state meet in 2018.
  • President of the Gulf Coast Tennis Association. Leader of this all-volunteer group devoted to building tennis in Brazoria and Matagorda Counties. Have organized countless free clinics for new players of all ages, established playing opportunities for experienced adult players, and coordinated high-caliber training opportunities for top high school players in the area.
  • Competitive tennis. Have maintained USTA-Texas rankings in (or near) the Top 100 (3.5 level) for at least five years. Regular participant in USTA tournaments and leagues.